"It was April 1820, and a new clergyman was coming to Haworth" (Reef, 1). This new clergyman just happened to be the father of the great author, Charlotte Bronte. Patrick Bronte moved there with his family, to be the clergyman, or reverend of Haworth England, a very small town on a moor. Because Patrick's wife had died, and he had frail children, Charlotte and her sisters and brother were not allowed to play with the town's children. He thought they were dirty, and would make his children sick. So, Charlotte and her siblings amused themselves by playing with each other, on the moor. The moor was very windy and cold, and home to many wildlife and plants that Charlotte learned their names, and played among them. But, sometimes on the moor, it rained, causing the children to have to stay inside. So, Charlotte would write little poems about her daily life. She and her sisters also wrote diary papers that they then shared with each other. "Diary papers were like snapshots of family life" (Reef, 15). This started Charlotte's love for writing, but that love increased when "one night, in June 1826, the Reverend Bronte returned from a trip to Leeds, bringing Branwell a set of toy soldiers" (Reef, 20). Branwell was Charlotte's older brother, but he was a nice older sibling and gave a toy soldier to Charlotte and two of her sisters, Emily and Anne. This trio then played almost every single day with these wooden soldiers, making a made-up world, and complex characters for each story. All three siblings loved this game they played, that they all wrote stories about their individual soldiers. Sadly, these works of writing cannot be found, because they were either burned or destroyed. This was a wonderful childhood for Charlotte, but her father would soon end it.
Sadly, this great author died March 31st, 1855 just after she was married to Arthur Nicholls on June 29th, 1854. She was in the early stages of pregnancy. Although this was a terrible, heart-breaking moment in the history of literature, the world continues to share the books she wrote, by translating Jane Eyre into hundreds of different languages, and using it as a learning opportunity or just a good read. This author will always linger in history's heart.